The Buffalo Bills added their 16th and final practice squad player on Thursday, signing three-year veteran Kahale Warring to the squad.
Warring, 24, was originally a third-round draft choice of the Houston Texans in the 2019 NFL Draft. Warring is a fantastic athlete, and he tested well at the 2019 NFL Draft Combine. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.67 seconds, completed 19 reps of the 225-lb bench press, and showcased a 36.5” vertical leap.
However, those physical traits have not translated to NFL success. The Texans twice placed him on injured reserve—once on September 2, 2019, which ended his rookie season before it began due to a grade-three concussion, and once on September 15, 2020 with an undisclosed injury—and although he returned from IR in November 2020, he has just three career receptions for 35 yards.
Signing with Buffalo’s practice squad caps a whirlwind ten days for Warring, who was waived by the Texans on August 23, claimed by the New England Patriots on August 24, waived by New England on August 27, claimed by the Indianapolis Colts on August 28, and then waived by the Colts on August 31.
The Bills have only two tight ends on their active roster, 2019 NFL Draft choices Dawson Knox and Tommy Sweeney. They released veteran Jacob Hollister on August 31. Fullback Reggie Gilliam played tight end for the team last year.
Kahale Warring is pronounced “kah-HALL-ay WHERE-ing,” according to his Wikipedia page.
The other 15 practice squaders were on the Bills through final cuts. Offensive guard Jack Anderson, CB Cam Lewis, DE Mike Love, TE Quintin Morris, S Josh Thomas, DT Brandin Bryant, OG Jamil Douglas, QB Jake Fromm, WR Tanner Gentry, QB Davis Webb, CB Rachad Wildgoose, LB Joe Giles-Harris, RB Antonio Williams, WR Isaiah Hodgins, and CB Olaijah Griffin have all returned to the team’s practice squad.